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Piedmont Laureate Issues Call for Authors of Short Fiction

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of short fiction for 2014. Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is September 27 at 4 pm.

The primary goal of the Piedmont Laureate program is "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region." The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens. The laureate program focuses each year on a different literary form. The 2012 Piedmont Laureate was dramatist Ian Finley; the current Laureate is children’s literature author John Claude Bemis.

The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve for one year (January 1 to December 31, 2014). Activities of the laureate will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.

The Piedmont Laureate 2014 program sponsors are Alamance County Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

Additional information on the Piedmont Laureate program, including guidelines and the application form, is available at or on the websites of the sponsoring agencies. For more information, contact Eleanor Oakley at the United Arts Council at